SEN­TENC­ING: STEP­FA­THER GETS

14 YEARS FOR RAP­ING 14-YEAR-OLD

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - JES­SICA GOUNDER SUVA Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika. Feed­back: jes­sica.gounder@fi­jisun.com.fj

A44-year-old man was in jail to 14 years im­pris­on­ment by the High Court in Lautoka last Fri­day for rap­ing his 14-year-old step­daugh­ter. Jus­tice Thushara Ra­jas­inghe said: “You have bla­tantly breached the trust re­posed in you by the vic­tim as her step­fa­ther and by com­mit­ting this crime on the vic­tim you de­nied her child­hood and the nat­u­ral growth of her life. “You have em­ployed some form of ver­bal force on the vic­tim in or­der to con­ceal this crime from the so­ci­ety and be­ing a step­fa­ther it was your re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide the vic­tim nec­es­sary pro­tec­tion and care with love and af­fec­tion. “By com­mit­ting this crime you have ig­nored to ful­fil such du­ties and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.”

Jus­tice Ra­jas­inghe said that the rape had also re­sulted in his step­daugh­ter be­com­ing preg­nant. The in­ci­dent oc­curred on Oc­to­ber 2012 on a Satur­day morn­ing when the step­fa­ther came home af­ter a grog ses­sion in the vil­lage.

The step­fa­ther is not en­ti­tled to pa­role till he serves 13 years. The court has given him 30 days to ap­peal.

You have em­ployed some form of ver­bal force on the vic­tim in or­der to con­ceal this crime from the so­ci­ety and be­ing a step­fa­ther it was your re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide the vic­tim nec­es­sary pro­tec­tion and care with love and af­fec­tion.

Jus­tice Thushara Ra­jas­inghe High Court in Lautoka

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